Child Health Surveillance in England and Wales: The bad news

Butler, J.R. (1997) Child Health Surveillance in England and Wales: The bad news. Child Care Health and Development, 23 (4). pp. 339-354. ISSN 0305-1862. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Postal surveys were conducted in 1993 among all, or samples of, six groups of providers and managers of pre-school child health surveillance (CHS) in England and Wales. Content analyses were also carried out of strategic policy statements for CHS produced by 54 district health authorities in England and Wales. The surveys aimed to document the views and experiences of CHS providers and managers about the impact of recent changes affecting the structure and operation of CHS, including the publication of Health for All Children, the 1990 Contract for General Practitioners (GPs), the implementation of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and the changing roles of community doctors and health visitors. Four adverse findings from the surveys are discussed: fragmentation in the child health service; the unwanted effects of the NHS internal market; the adverse consequences of the changing role of health visitors; and the concerns voiced by the community doctors about the quality of CHS in general practice.

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Uncontrolled keywords: community child health; surveillance; community paediatrics; health visiting
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 16:51
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